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Gussie Rosenberg Bernstein papers

Identifier: IWA0989

Scope and Contents

The Gussie Bernstein papers date from 1925 to 2016 and measure approximately 7.5 linear inches. The papers are arranged into four series: Biographical, Photographs, Publications, and Artifacts.

The Biographical series (1925-2004) general folder contains a guest list, Bernstein’s obituary, Jack Bernstein’s American Legion School award for Citizenship, Bernstein’s Board of Education diploma, Jack Bernstein’s Talmud Torah Diploma, and newspaper clippings about Samuel Bernstein’s death and the marriage of Bernstein’s son James to Gail Verson.

The Photograph series (1954-1981) contains Bar Mitzvah, wedding, and family photographs. Family photographs, passports, Bio of Sam Bernstein, wedding anniversary plaque, cookbook, certificate, event posters

The donor file indicates that the Saturday in the Park books and the Orpheum book in the Publications series (1949-2016) are associated with Bernstein’s son, David Bernstein.


  • 1925-2016


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Gussie Rosenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York to Morris and Rachael Rosenberg. She married Sam Bernstein, who had grown up in Brooklyn, Iowa, in 1930 and they eloped because she had an older sister who was not married. Sam Bernstein worked a variety of small jobs during the Depression and in 1937 the Bernstein’s with their two young children moved back to Brooklyn, Iowa.

The family owned a small salvage business and in 1941 moved to Sioux City where they established a scrap yard. This business later became Sioux City Compressed Steel and State Steel. Bernstein was involved with the family business and charity work through the Samuel and Gussie Bernstein Foundation. She also was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and treasurer for the Sioux City Hadassah and the Women’s League of Shaare Zion Synagogue.

Bernstein passed away in 2015 after a long illness.


7.50 linear inches

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A philanthropist and member of the Jewish community in Sioux City, Iowa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Gussie Bernstein papers (donor no. 1482) were donated by Gail Bernstein in 2016.

Gussie Rosenberg Bernstein papers
Katie Gandhi, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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